Vaccination Update

March 10, 2021


Good news!

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced new expansions of the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and the addition of 10 more state-run vaccination sites in the next couple of weeks as distribution of the vaccine continues to ramp up.

Effective immediately, the priority group eligibility for higher education now includes “all essential, in-person staff”. This includes all on-campus faculty, staff, and student workers who are currently working in-person, regardless of job title or job function. Please note this expansion does not apply to anyone who is working 100% remotely.

Also beginning today individuals age 60 or older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The state has ordered pharmacies to prioritize vaccinating individuals over the age of 60, so these individuals may be able to receive vaccines through local pharmacies more quickly than at state-run sites. A list of local pharmacies can be found on the TCDH website.

If you are working on campus, please use the Cornell Vaccine Eligibility Attestation Tool to generate your eligibility letter. Then complete the state Am-I-Eligible Form and check the “in-person instruction” box to look for a site to make an appointment.

We strongly encourage all individuals eligible for vaccination, who have not yet received their first dose, to sign up for the Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. This registry is the primary way for individuals to find out about vaccine distribution in the county. Signing up for the registry does not guarantee a vaccine appointment, and notification will be in alignment with TCHD’s weekly prioritization of doses. If you are not currently eligible, you can sign up here to receive health department email updates that will report when other groups become eligible.

Contact the COVID-19 Support Team with questions.


Mary Opperman
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Gary Koretzky
Vice Provost for Academic Integration

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Additional Resources

General comments or questions can be sent to the university's COVID Support Center.

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